El-Hadary: I did everything in football


Former Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary enjoyed a great deal of success in his football career, winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) four times and being named Africa’s best shot-stopper.

However, in his 22-year international career that saw him earn over 150 caps, El-Hadary is missing a FIFA World Cup medal but says Egypt’s 2018 World Cup Qualifiers game against Congo and qualifying for the global showpiece “were the “crowning” moments of his long career.

“I did everything in football. I won 38 titles and won the best goalkeeper prize in Egypt and Africa, and only the World Cup was missing,” said El-Hadary in an interview with ON Sport.

“They said that I was crazy when I wanted to participate at 45-years of age, and yet I’ve done it,” added the former Al-Ahly and Zamalek keeper, who made history by becoming the oldest shot-stopper to participate at a World Cup and AFCON.

“We failed in the World Cup because those were our capabilities. The camp was disciplined and there was no truth to what was reported about an unprofessional behaviour.”

“After qualifying [for the World Cup] everyone thanked us for the simple fact that we were going to participate after 30 years of absence,” said the Egyptian legend.

The 47-year-old former Egypt captain made his international debut back in 1996 and announced his retirement from the beautiful game in 2018.

By FARPost Reporter 

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